As we start back to our school routines, there’s one day that we should all keep in mind, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (this Monday). There are a lot of events going on that day for us to be able to get involved in and really understand the legacy that he left behind for us. Also, there are cultural activities planned for students, faculty, staff, and the general public to attend on campus and in the surrounding areas.
Here are some of the events and activities scheduled for the day:
10 a.m.-Chapel, with guest speaker Shane Claiborne talking about MLK’s legacy and relating it to our culture today
10:40 a.m.- Faculty (from the Education Dept.) talk back to debrief the message heard during Chapel
12 p.m.- Lunch Conversations within the community, either in the Caf, or at OCP
4:30 p.m.- Shane Claiborne will wrap up MLK day events in Lehman Auditorium
Be sure to go to Sprague’s Barbershop (Downtown, next to Jess’ Quick Lunch, 6th floor. Look for the red/blue spiral stand in front) to hear about modern day peacemaking, and to get a haircut from my friends Sammy or Tyrone!! Tell them Allison recommended you!
These are just a few events going on across campus for more information please check out the following site with the complete list of events and activities.
Did you know:
1. Before it was known as MLK day, the third Monday in January was originally called Lee-Jackson Day. But eventually it was moved to the Friday before MLK Day and it is only observed in the state of VA. Lee-Jackson Day was created, in 1889, to celebrate the birthdays of Civil War Confederate Generals, Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson.
2. The only place outside of the U.S. that observes MLK Day with equal importance is in Hiroshima, Japan. The Mayor holds a banquet in order to honor MLK’s message of human rights to unify his country over peace.
3. Because of the boycott of MLK Day, the 1993 NFL Superbowl was moved from Phoenix, AZ to Pasadena, Cali.
Personally I love the idea of the whole country getting together on one day to provide services to others. I think MLK was a very intuitive person and was way ahead of his time when it came to civil rights and the equality of everyone. Being from Virginia, and a person who was raised to appreciate our country’s military, I am sad that not many people know about Lee-Jackson Day and what those Generals did for our country as well. I hope that you all take advantage of the opportunities that are being provided to us on campus and throughout the area to learn more about this day and things that MLK did for us and how they may or may not have changed from then until now.